TITLE

Portraits of a Storied Land: An Experiment in Writing the Landscapes of History

AUTHOR(S)
Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Anthropological Quarterly;Winter2005, Vol. 78 Issue 1, p151
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article features the works of freelance photographer Adriel Heisey. The yearning to fly is an urge shared by humankind's most ancient ancestors. And in the desert of Peru are the lines of Nasca, vast fields of geometric and animal designs sculpted into the earth thousands of years ago that can be seen in their completeness only from far above. This hunger for flight is not about the exhilaration of speed and height, but in essence the desire to see our world in new ways. Flying offers a perspective unlike any other pursuit bound by gravity. The first image of the earth from the thermosphere told all of us that the borders humans create--between nations, between civilization and nature--are illusory for all life sits, without boundaries, atop a giant blue marble floating in the blackness of space. Such ideas were the muse that beaconed Adriel Heisey to the sky in a plane made of, or so it seems, matchsticks. Growing up on a Pennsylvania farm, Adriel dreamt of flying, building model rockets, and at the age of 14 a hang guilder, which never quite took to the air. Several years into college Adriel decided to leave other interests aside, and find expression for his pining for flight, unrequited since youth.
ACCESSION #
16514374

 

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